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PC mother Andrew Harper describes how he ‘laughed’ his murderers in court

PC mother Andrew Harper spoke today of her pain at seeing her son’s killers’ laughing ‘and joking’ in the courtroom as she talks about her new ‘Andrew’s Law’ campaign on Good Morning Britain.

Henry Long, 19 and 18-year-olds Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers were convicted of manslaughter in Old Bailey on Friday after PC Harper was murdered last year.

PC Harper, died horribly on August 15 last year after trying to stop the trio from fleeing after they stole a quad in Stanford Dingley, Berkshire, but his ankle got caught in a strap dangling from the back of a Seat Toledo and he was dragged to his death.

Long was sentenced to 16 years, while Cole and Bowers were each given a 13-year term. The family said they were let down by the “overly mild” sentences.

PC Harper’s mother, 53-year-old Debbie Adlam, has launched a new ‘Andrew’s Law’ campaign for a 20-year prison sentence for convicts of murdering police officers.

Via a video link from her Oxfordshire home on Good Morning Britain, she sued the killers for “laughing and joking” and said that if her son were alive, he would “fully support” the campaign.

PC Harper, died horribly on August 15 last year after trying to stop the trio from fleeing after they stole a quad in Stanford Dingley, Berkshire, but his ankle got caught in a strap dangling from the back of a Seat Toledo and he was dragged to his death.

PC Harper, died horribly on August 15 last year after trying to stop the trio from fleeing after they stole a quad in Stanford Dingley, Berkshire, but his ankle got caught in a strap dangling from the back of a Seat Toledo and he was dragged to his death.

Henry Long (left), 19 and 18-year-olds Jessie Cole (center) and Albert Bowers (right) were convicted of manslaughter in Old Bailey on Friday

Henry Long (left), 19 and 18-year-olds Jessie Cole (center) and Albert Bowers (right) were convicted of manslaughter in Old Bailey on Friday

Henry Long (left), 19 and 18-year-olds Jessie Cole (center) and Albert Bowers (right) were convicted of manslaughter in Old Bailey on Friday

When asked if she would have felt different if the suspect had expressed regret at the trial, she said to Good Morning Britain, “I think we saw them laughing and joking.

“ Because of the situation with Covid, things were put apart from the normal situation in a courtroom, so we sat with them for quite a long time on a video screen opposite where we were sitting and they were joking and laughing and talking to each other and their microphones weren’t even enabled.

“Which I don’t really understand how that’s appropriate. If you’re in a murder trial, how don’t the suspects sit there and listen to what is being said and done while we listen to their horrific crimes. I have not seen any regrets. ‘

The Ministry of Justice confirmed this week that they have been asked to check whether the prison sentences imposed are too flexible.

Ms. Adlam welcomed the decision this week and said this morning that she could not understand why the sentences for her sons’ killers were being lowered.

Via a video link from her Oxfordshire home on Good Morning Britain, she sued the killers for 'laughing and joking' and said if her son was alive he would 'fully support the campaign'

Via a video link from her Oxfordshire home on Good Morning Britain, she sued the killers for 'laughing and joking' and said if her son was alive he would 'fully support the campaign'

Via a video link from her Oxfordshire home on Good Morning Britain, she sued the killers for ‘laughing and joking’ and said if her son was alive he would ‘fully support the campaign’

She said, “I don’t think speaking the first sentence personally was so much my problem. When I saw the reductions coming from these sentences, it became incredible how much was taken.

“It just didn’t make sense to me because an early plea for something like you’re really in a position where you have no choice but to admit you did it because it’s been proven to you, that’s one thing and then it’s age problem a big problem for me.

“And this is part of the reason we’re launching Andrew’s Law and we’ve been overwhelmed by the reaction so far.”

PC Harper’s widow, Lissie, had expressed bitter disappointment at her husband’s murder and was acquitted of her murder and found guilty of manslaughter instead.

She called the phrase “horrifying under the plate” and suggested that jurors may have been intimidated by the defendants’ families or friends.

Ms. Adlam said the family was still overcome by waves of sadness and emotion today after the loss of their beloved Andrew.

She said, “We can go through all the emotions in a day or two, you can just get out of the blue into the pits of despair and we get these waves of sorrow that come by.

Andrew Harper and Lissie should have honeymooned in the Maldives in late summer 2019

Andrew Harper and Lissie should have honeymooned in the Maldives in late summer 2019

Andrew Harper and Lissie should have honeymooned in the Maldives in late summer 2019

“It’s really hard to really focus on getting something done when you’re positive about the future.

“This is hopefully an additional benefit in focusing on what we do now.

“Because all of this has to be done in someone else’s name, but for the benefit of others. Andrew isn’t lucky enough to take advantage of this, but I’m sure the type of person he is is something he would fully support.

“In the future, we don’t want these lengthy processes that involve manslaughter or murder debates.

“He’s put himself at risk for welfare and the general public, and that’s what the blue light services do when they’re in bed or watching TV or going to the pub, they’re putting themselves at risk and that’s why the blue light services and the police deserve a little extra protection.

“Looking at at least twenty years plus without age reduction.

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